Lagos - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Seme Command, on Wednesday said it had arrested 11 suspects and seized 53.41 kgs of cannabis sativa between January and March 2015.
The commandant, Essien Udotong, disclosed this at a press briefing in Badagry.
Udotong said that three of the suspects had been sentenced to various prison terms.
"Within the period under review, the command arrested 11 suspects and seized 53.41kgs of cannabis sativa imported from Ghana as well as $23 915.
"All suspects have been charged to court, but three drug suspects have been convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.
"Five drug-dependent persons were also counseled on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking.
"Apart from making arrests, we also counsel drug addicts to let them know the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking," he said.
Udotong said that the command was able to arrest the suspects using intelligent reports and investigative gathering.
"Many of these traffickers conceal the drugs in different ways and one has to be conscious because they could be smart.
"We have had cases of people concealing drugs in cartons of noodles, sachets of detergent and wrapping them in brown envelopes.
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"With all these strategies, it takes intelligence report and investigative tracking to be able to apprehend these suspects," he said.
The commandant, however, commended sister security agencies for cooperating with the command.
"I salute the hardwork and commitment of officers in the command in the fight against drug trafficking, and I also commend the cooperation from sister agencies most especially the Nigeria Customs.
"The traditional institution in Badagry has been very supportive and it must be commended also," Udotong said.
He advised the public to desist from drug trafficking.